How to Pack a Waste Free Lunch for Work
In our own simple way, we can reduce our plastic waste by packing waste free lunch for work. Sure, it requires a bit of financial investment to get started but there are many benefits to enjoying zero waste lunches at work. So here’s how to get started.
Buy in Bulk
Single serving foods and snacks have their own packaging. More packaging always means more waste. When you buy foods and snacks in bulk, you will be able to reduce your waste significantly because you will only end up with few packaging.
Buying foods in bulk have other advantages aside from reducing your waste. You will be spending less money overtime. Most foods that you can buy in bulk cost less than when you buy them individually. Moreover, most of the time foods that you can buy in bulk are discounted so check your local grocery stores for weekly deals to save more. You can also plan your meals ahead for the entire week instead of last-minute decisions that could end up just ordering fast food takeout.
Reusable Food Containers
Reusable food containers allow you to reduce your wastes significantly. These eco-friendly containers come in a wide range of sizes, designs and styles so there is a reusable food container for you. Bringing your own lunch to work using a reusable food container not only helps you reduce your waste, but also lets you save money and encourage you to eat healthy. You will no longer be tempted to eat fast-food lunches that are expensive and bad for our health. Instead, you can now bring your favourite snacks and sandwiches.
Beeswax Food Wraps
If you love sandwiches then you should consider getting beeswax food wraps. You can bring your favourite sandwich to work in a beeswax food wrap without worrying about any toxic chemicals getting into your food when you are using a plastic container. Beeswax wraps are washable and can be used for storing leftover fruits and veggies that are bound for the fridge.
Wooden Utensils and Reusable Straws
Stay away from plastic cutlery, disposable napkins and straws if you want to go full on zero waste lunch. Popularity of wooden utensils are on the rise because many people want to reduce their plastic waste. If you do not have the budget to invest in wooden cutlery and utensils, you can always use the spoons and forks from your home. Just buy a container for them and you are good to go.
A reusable straw is also a good investment. There are many eco-friendly straws that are made from a variety of materials - silicone, glass, stainless steel and bamboo. Each of these reusable straws come with advantages and disadvantages so make sure to do your research to know which reusable straw is the right one for you.
Reusable Water Bottle
You should also consider getting a reusable water bottle. Rather than buying a plastic bottle or any beverage that comes in disposable containers, you can simple one that is washable and reusable. You can enjoy your favourite beverages, smoothies and juices with your own reusable container.
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